BRAND NEW/VIDEO: Los Campesinos! – “By Your Hand”

Los Campesinos - By Your Hand

Last night for those of us based in Australia, Los Campesinos! released the first track from their anticipated new album Hello Sadness. I was going to write about it then, but I was too busy listening to it on repeat with my jaw open in amazement. Until 2am. I’m sure you understand.

The track sees LC! refine their ever-present pop sensibilities, and still retain and that perpetual layer of unhappiness found beneath most of their tracks. Which is a great thing, as far as I’m concerned. I can see this as the album that propels LC! just that bit further into the international spotlight, and it’ll be about time. The world needs to hear this.

Check out the new video below, and duck over to their blog for a free download and tour dates for you lucky American and European fellows.

NEWS: Los Campesinos! and “Hello Sadness”

Los Campesinos!

Have I got some news for you today! This post is all to do with the most eloquently gloomy and cathartic band in existence right now, Los Campesinos!

Firstly, Harriet, the violinist for LC!, has left the band to pursue her studies. It will be interesting to see whether the band find a touring violinist, or another permanent member, but at any rate Harriet will be sorely missed. Good luck to her in the future!

We also now have what is a tentative cover for the second issue of “Heat Rash”, LC!’s quarterly zine. Unfortunately new subscriptions to the project are closed at the moment, but keep your ears open because it’s well worth your money. On top of getting a quarterly zine, vinyl, and exclusive tracks, you also get discounts from their web store! The first issue was astounding for a debut, with contributions from every member of the band, alongside some brilliant artwork from Rob “Sparky Deathcap” Campesinos! Definitely try and get your hands on it if you can.

Lastly, the band have just revealed the details of their new album – Hello Sadness.

Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness

Set for release on the 14th of November, Hello Sadness is:

“ten songs of love, loss and heartbreak nail-gunned to a back-drop of broken, tangled bodies, creeping, dead-eyed animals, suffocating, looming shadows and World Cup exits. It is an honest, bare bones documentation of breaking up and trying not to break up in the process.”

I don’t think I could expect anything more from Los Campesinos! – this sounds like the exact album I’ve been waiting for. Bring on November!

You can check out the track-list and all of the pre-order bundles and details OVER HERE. I can tell you want it though, so pop right on over to the store and start getting excited.

REVIEW: Guineafowl – “Hello Anxiety” EP

Guineafowl hail from Sydney, and their well crafted indie pop manages to walk a fine line. That fine line between appealing to an alternative audience looking for something new, and creating songs laden with catchy pop hooks. They do both extremely well.

Hello Anxiety, Guineafowl’s debut EP, is a refreshing breath of musical air in the face of what seems like an overabundance of bands who do indie pop the boring way. Throw in a few synth hooks, an off-beat pound, and away we go! Well, Guineafowl gladly take a different path. Though with their fair share of amazing beats and hooks, Guineafowl layer over winding guitar leads and soaring vocals. The bass groove and keyboard riff in “Little Fingers” is tremendous in size and effect. It seems that overall, every track has such a full and rich sound, full of interesting nuances and background noises that add to the experience, and the band should be commended for it. Amidst the many instruments and sounds, Guineafowl’s music obtains a personality. Something that is theirs, and seems to be theirs alone – something new.

To be honest, there isn’t much I can pick apart here. It’s a great offering from a relatively new band. If anything, I find the chorus of “My Lonely Arms” to not quite fit. It isn’t that I find swearing in music off-putting, but it just doesn’t seem to flow. Other than that, Guineafowl have put a very solid effort into the release.

One of the problems with EPs is that they often leave us wanting more – which is both a curse, and an indication of a band’s worth. Hello Anxiety, Guineafowl’s debut EP has more than enough quality, but by the time it finishes you can’t help but wish there was a bit more. Guineafowl will no doubt take flight (pun completely intentional) and gain the recognition they deserve as one of Australia’s biggest upcoming bands. How long that will take is anyone’s guess – but the fact remains that these guys have something special, new, and exciting, that sets them apart. I’m excited. You should be too.